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Monday, October 17, 2011

In congratulating my friend Holly on reaching onederland. She has lost about 110 pounds and she started 3 months after I did! If I didn't love her, I would really hate that girl! Go read her blog or say hi on her page. Thanks. And the rest of us? Need to take a page out of her book and quit messing around! This. Is. War! Hollys-doin-it

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TURTLERASKIN 10/18/2011 12:35PM

    Thanks for the heads up!

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REBECCAMA 10/18/2011 8:43AM

  Awesome! Way to go Holly!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/18/2011 8:42AM

    I love you Mama! Thanks for the shout out!!!

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BIGMAMAT 10/18/2011 6:49AM

    Congratualations Holly! Woohooooo! emoticon

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IJAHJOY 10/18/2011 4:14AM

    Congrats Holly!!!!!! I am amazed to hear this. It inspiresme so much to see someone loose this much weight. I haven't met you but am so proud of you!

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GRACEISENUF 10/18/2011 12:54AM

    emoticon for Holly!

Yes, this is war and we're in it to WIN!

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HOWLERMOM 10/17/2011 11:51PM

    You can do it!! - love the pix of your dog!

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The next challenge begins Monday

Friday, October 14, 2011

But I wanted to post it today before I left.

You said you need to focus on sleep.
You said you need to focus on tracking.
You said you need to focus on water and getting enough.

SO, on top of hitting your minimum for protein (and you should consistantly be doing that and adding about 10 more grams on top of that or more!) and eating 3-5 veggies and fruits a day, I want you to pick one (or all of the above) and really form your own plan to get what you need.

How much sleep do you need? How much is possible? what is stopping you from getting it?

Why arent you tracking? Can you just write it down in a small notebook and put it in the tracker later? Can you do it on your phone? It is important to know where you are at cause Guestimating is ALWAYS off and you can ALWAYS forget or cheat so next week, you are gonna track. Everything. Every day.

Why is drinking water so hard sometimes? I drink 4 (minimum) 16 ounce bottles a day. It is easy for me to count, it is easy to take with me, you can always add those flavor packs if you can't stand it but do it. I mean, really do it. See if it doesn't change the way your body feels. See if it doesn't make you crave more.

So there you have it. And you better enjoy next week cause you know what's coming next? (insert evil laugh here). You will find out.

Now, get to it. Stay on track this weekend. Remember, these are building blocks. WE are laying a great foundation to reach our goals and to move forward to get what we want. This is not a punishment, this is freedom! I want it! Don't you???

Ok I am off. Go and enjoy your family, your friends and your food. I will blog when I get back (and yes I will be tracking and drinking water and trying to sleep well too). Love you guys..

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BIGMAMAT 10/16/2011 8:18PM

    Hummm. What do I need the most???? Probably water. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 10/15/2011 9:15PM

    Aye, Aye Captain Morgan...I mean Captain Spark.


I will follow through cuz it's good advice and given with love from our favorite Mama!

Hope your weekend is the best.

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KAMAPERRY 10/15/2011 2:25PM

    Yeah!! I am busy and I still do it!

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CULAINA 10/14/2011 2:16PM

    haha i love the sargeant major vibe in this post. good for you xx

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JOMAMA99 10/14/2011 1:47PM

    Aye Aye captain! I will work on my tracking, do good during the week, I lose it on the weekends. If you can do it during your busy weekend then I guess I can too!
Have a great time this weekend!

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SARAWALKS 10/14/2011 12:58PM

    Not tracking because it makes me worse, but I do need to remember the water.
Extra protein is helping.
I don't have trouble getting my 5 fruits & veg but it's nice to be reminded.
emoticon back to basics, rock on! emoticon

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BTINTERNET 10/14/2011 9:55AM

    Thanks! Good planning for this week!

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PJH2028 10/14/2011 9:50AM

    YES! All aboard!!!! me too me too me too !!! thanks jan ;-) xop

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DAISY443 10/14/2011 5:55AM

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CANNIE50 10/14/2011 12:14AM

    Okay, I am a teensy bit scared by the evil laugh..... emoticon I ordered a salad tonight and ate every bit of it, because I thought of you. I am drinking water as I am writing this. I am going to bed at 9:30 so I can gt up at 5:30. I tracked my food and stayed within my range, and got my protein in. I will be thinking of you while you are off having fun, fun, fun.....I am SO glad you let me be on your Sparkly team, Captain Mama.

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Checking in...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hi everyone. I hope your week has been good and that you are looking forward to the weekend. I am going on my LAST racing weekend for the year (well I still have to do a big meeting in Reno in December but that's ok). We are going to Santa Maria this weekend, which is the central coast and then to Pismo for a day to ride our Razor and stay in our new Toy. I will take pix for you.

I want to know how you guys are doing: For those who are doing the back to basics challenge, how do you think it went focusing on Protein last week and fruits and veggies this week? It has really helped me be more aware and helps me actually plan what I need to eat instead of being so random and seeing where I end up.

I also want to know what do you want to work on for next week? I still want us to work on what we have been doing but I want to build on that too. it excercise? More nutritional? Balance for you mind?

Let's discuss so I can post a new challenge for us for next week and keep going till our spark is shining bright!

if you are just reading this and haven't done anything but want to, just jump in. This is very informal, is not a team, just a bunch of people who need to refocus on the basics or help jump start them in the beginning of their journey.


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BADASSBLONDIE 10/14/2011 12:47PM

    Have fun on your trip!!!

Once I feel like I have my working out and food/water more under control, I'm going to go back to these challenges and work on protein, fruits and veggies, etc.. Those are big ones that I need to work on.


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TEENY_BIKINI 10/13/2011 10:19PM

    Have fun in Santa Maria.


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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/13/2011 8:08PM

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's! I ate celery thinking about you today when I was going over my veggies! The 2 large salads!!!!!!!! Have fun this weekend!

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CHELEMIA 10/13/2011 8:00PM

    Tracking sounds good I am spotty on rough days.

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CANNIE50 10/13/2011 7:42PM

    I suggest sleep since lack of it drives food cravings, especially sugar, plus makes it hard to exercise due to lack of energy. But, whatever you choose is great - I am so glad you are doing these back to basics challenges for us. Have fun in Santa Maria & Pismo - I have fond memories of visiting both those places. emoticon emoticon

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JOMAMA99 10/13/2011 7:19PM

    I really need to focus on tracking everything. I am so not consistent there, but whatever you decide. emoticon

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TURTLERASKIN 10/13/2011 6:47PM

    It's funny that you're focused on veggies right now; I'm reading "Eat to Live" and there, the author advocates a hefty dose of fruits and veggies a day -- at LEAST four fruit servings daily, and two pounds of veggies (one pound eaten raw, one pound eaten steamed). I'm not nearly done with the book, so I'm sure there's more, but I'm just flabbergasted at those volumes. But then I realized -- on a normal day for me, I eat 2 or 3 servings of fruit, and a pound and a half of veggies.... so maybe I'm not that far off.

Anyhoo, no suggestions for the next challenge, but I love that you're doing this!

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DAISY443 10/13/2011 4:43PM


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did you guys see?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Did you read spark's editors choice on your start page? The one talking about the top 4 fattening fall foods? Uh, yea. Please disregard my pumpkin bread recipe!!!!!!

On another note, this week begins fruit and veggie week. On top of keeping up with your protein from last week, this week you are aiming for between 3 to 5 fruits and veggies. 3 is the minimum each day and we want to be up to 5 by the end of the week. Your homework is to look up what an actual serving size is. You may be surprised at how much or how little is considered a serving size.

OK guys, get after it and have a great day. And do not bake or eat that pumpkin bread!

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MOONBIRD 10/13/2011 10:41PM

    I love pumpkin bread! I made some a couple weeks ago and ate way too much of it. LOL It's just so good.

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IMIN2GENES 10/12/2011 2:15PM

    LOL! Girl, you just crack me up. I'm not giving up my occassional pumpkin bread. You can't make me... emoticon

I did well with the protein; but freggies... *SIGH* I really need to work on those. Especially the "F" part.

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KAMAPERRY 10/10/2011 9:56PM

    Love my fruits and veggies!

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DAISY443 10/10/2011 3:52PM

    Saw it and thought of you-still nice thoughts! I think all your friends should go back and "Like" your recipe!

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GRACEISENUF 10/10/2011 3:27PM

    Getting my freggies in and thinking of you! :)


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CELLISTA1 10/10/2011 2:26PM

    Yep, I read that article - and the one about the calories in miniature halloween candies. I'm going to have apple wedges dipped in honey, which I like better anyway.

So yes, I did the protein thing last week, which was easy for me because I love protein. I did my homework, chief, and now I know what 3-5/day looks like. Looking forward to a lovely week of apples, cantaloupe, oranges, broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus etc. (bought all that and more at the farmers market yesterday).

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TURTLERASKIN 10/10/2011 1:17PM

    I know! I saw that article, and my first thought was your pumpkin bread (and my second was, oh pumpkin lattes must be back at Starbucks!). Well, I have a recipe from Sunset for pumpkin soup that looks okay; I'll try and it see if it gives me the same happy pumpkin thoughts as pumpkin bread and pumpkin spice lattes!

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TREASURINGLIFE 10/10/2011 1:17PM

    Ha...well...everything in moderation, right? :)

- Michelle

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CANNIE50 10/10/2011 1:09PM

    You're so funny. Do you feel like you have been sent to the Spark version of the principal's office for being a bad influence? I have a little guess as to what word you said when you saw that article about pumpkin bread. Okay, I need to get my fruits and vegetables in this week. I don't want the "bad girl" coming after me......... emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/10/2011 12:42PM

    Oh crap! All of my favorite fall treats are right there saying, "ha ha, you can't eat me!" I did make "pumpkin bites" with the kids this weekend, and at only 34 calories a bite, not too bad. It's just a spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin, that's it! Mix the two together, use a 1 inch scoop to drop balls onto a cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes and TADA! Delicious pumpkin treat!

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The next challenge is....

Friday, October 07, 2011

emoticonWe are going to eat our fruits and veggies. Yep, we sure are. You can start this weekend or you can wait till Monday but we are aiming for between 3 and (ultimatly) 5 fruits/veggies a day. emoticonYour homework is to look up what an actual serving size is and also, to get thee to a grocery store/farmer's market or nearest tree and get you some FREGGIES! emoticon

Do NOT leave your protein behind! emoticonI am sure you noticed a few changes just in the last couple of days, like you have more energy, you don't feel as hungry and it helps you stay on track to focus on hitting a goal.

Remember, this is back to basics. Do your best and let's get this eating thing under control and working FOR us, not against us.

WE are doing great, let's keep moving forward!

Besides this, what are you struggling with? What do you want to work on next?

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MSKANGA 10/10/2011 7:53AM

    Fresh Veggies rock. My husband used to be of the "that is not food, that is what food eats camp" and then he discovered what fresh veggies that have not been over cooked taste like.
Thank you for your comment on my blog.

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LINDAJ0621 10/8/2011 1:24PM

    So, I am the oddball. Veggies are no problem for me ever! It's the fruit that is! I like summer fresh fruit and berries and melons, but am not a fan of most "winter" fruits. I know I can get the summer ones, but they cost an arm and a leg out of season. I will try harder.

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CHELEMIA 10/7/2011 3:31PM

    I couldn't get to the store last week and freggies suffered. to replace I used canned tomato soup.
Also for me the best thing to do for back to basics is plan!! AHEAD!!
I have been slacking ... cook dinner.... with what??? never shopped??? look in freezer??? R U crazy its a mess in there!! dine chinese, PIZZA!!! (No cheese!! )
So this AM (I have 24 hours off..Whoopee!!)
I took every thing out of freezer and documented.....
I re organised stand up freezer....Whadda ya know...frozen Freggies!!!!
(I am eating breakfast right now...frozen watermelon ice, yogurt, and fridge biscuit.)
next comes the meal plans for the week.....
then the shopping list and finallly the shopping ....before Sunday!!!
Then I enter the foods so I just have to adjust what I substituted...also because of the pain of redoing it keeps me motivated to stay on track...

Hubby is tracking this week!!!! Yeah Bobby Mac 52!! PLEASE send a thought his way! He has A LOT to loose and not a lot of past success!!!!!

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DAISY443 10/7/2011 3:19PM

    Love and eat veggies constantly! Fruit I have a harder time with! If tomatoes really are fruit then I am good to go!

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KKINNEA 10/7/2011 1:21PM

    Thanks for doing this MamaD - I really like having a good buttkick!

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GRACEISENUF 10/7/2011 12:25PM

    I'm really help that I juice cuz then I get lots of veggies in at the start of the day.

Last night I found myself noshing on some protein (chicken drumstick at 8:30 pm)...then moved onto dark chocolate covered power berries from Trader Joe's after that. Not quite the challenge I should be taking late in the evening.

Today IS a new day! :)

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CANNIE50 10/7/2011 11:51AM

    I knew this was coming. Fruits are one thing - vegetables are much more challenging. But, I have a plan. I am making my version of enchiladas today, using ground turkey, and I am chopping mushrooms up very fine, grating carrots, and adding them, along with vegetarian refried beans, to the meat. Don't anyone tell me beans are not a vegetable - I am sticking my fingers in ears (why do vegetables bring out the brat in me? I don't know, but they do). Besides, beans are a great source of protein. I don't like them alone but I don't mind them mixed with other things. Thanks Mama - I needed this. For you, I will do this. PS How goes the dust? emoticon emoticon

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HEYBUTT 10/7/2011 10:43AM

    Oh those daunting freggies! (well, more veggie--fruit's easier to get in).

I have a tip for helping learn serving sizes. Use frozen veggies. Those steamer bags have 4 1/2 cup servings. And it's so simple to eat the whole bag (240 calories for a whole bag of mixed veg which has carrots, corn, peas, and green beans--all "beginner friendly" veggies). And eating the whole bag means four servings down the hatch in one simple meal (I toss a piece of chicken or crumbled turkey burger into the veggies to give more flavor so I use NO butter and sometimes can even skip adding extra salt). (and if you go for less starchy veggies the calories are even lower--a bag of green beans is only 120 calories for the WHOLE BAG. 4 servings of veggie and low starch/calorie--BONUS!)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/7/2011 10:27AM

    I love getting back to basics!

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HARTLEYO 10/7/2011 10:07AM

    It is too true. I have been eating my grains and freggies for 20 days and I feel better, I don't get as hungry, I have more energy AND I am fitter.


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